Over the past couple years, when the damn Kardashians pushed highlighting and contouring into the makeup spotlight, I’ve read and watched so many HAC Job tutorials. Initially, it seemed like a lot of work and…okay, I’ma be real with you…it’s still a lot of work. I mean, this is the kind of stuff we learned about in my Stage Makeup class in college (Prof. Amanda, I did my best…). Today was the first time I ever tried a full blown (not for stage) HAC Job and, no thanks. It is not for me. I didn’t even do ALL of the many steps and it is still a ton of extra product and work that I am not into on a day to day basis. Plus, it’s, like, a billion years of blending. And as fun as blending is…pass.
Anyway, that being said, you may be totally into it and I will discourage you no further! Let’s get to HACing.
The tools and products I used.
We’re going to start with contouring. I’m using L’Oreal’s True Match Powder in Cool Cocoa. This color is just a bit dark for me for every day (definitely adding it to my stage makeup bag, though). You can use a bronzer, but a bronzer will probably be too orange. With these contours, we’re making shadows on our faces so we want the color we use to be more of a matte ashen brown. Other options, if you don’t mind $$$: Nars Contour Blush, The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer.
Step 1: Using an angled blush brush, line right under your cheekbones. I’m often guilty of wearing my bronzer a little too high, so I had to feel out the line of my cheekbones with my fingers to make sure the contour was well placed.
Step 2: Blend (down), blend, blend, blend for days.
Step 3: Shadow (contour) where your forehead meets your hairline. Blend, blend, blend.
Step 4: Shadow your jawline and chin. Blend, blend, blend.
Ok. Now for the tricky part. The shaping of your nose with contouring. It’s basically a nose job without the surgery (if you do it right). If you do it wrong, you might get Owen Wilson nose (rude joke sorry, Owen).
Nose Step 1: Using a small eye shadow or smudge brush, draw a line from your brow to the tip of your nose. If you want to thin out your nose, bring the line in a bit from the actual bridge of your nose.
Nose Step 2: In this silly picture (nose stuff brings the weird out in me, I guess), if you look at the tip of my nose, I brought the two lines into a diamond shape at the tip of my nose. This step is for when you want to make the tip of your nose appear smaller. I will probably skip this step if I HAC again. I blended for almost a year straight and I still looked like an orphan from a Dickens novel with dirt on my nose and a chill in my bones.
Nose Step 3: Using my beloved blending shadow brush, blend. Blend, ladies, blend ’til ya can’t blend no more. Blend ’til you get carpal tunnel and have to wear a brace. You really don’t want to be able to see the lines you’ve drawn.
Ok. Now for the easier part. Highlighting. I used Maybelline’s Highlighting Concealer in Ivory. You just want something a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. But, something with more yellow in it may help with the glowy aspect.
Highlighting Step 1: In a triangle shape under your eyes, apply the highlighter.
Highlighting Step 2: Using a beauty blender, blend like you’re makin’ a smoothie.
Highlighting Step 3: Apply highlighter to chin, outer corner of mouth, next to nostrils and between brows to mid forehead.
Highlighting Step 4: Blend until your 80th birthday.
Almost there. Now we’re on the finishing touches. You’ll see here why blending is so important. You don’t want your cheeks looking like a bucket of Neapolitan Ice Cream.
Finishing Step 1: Apply a thin and incredibly straight line of highlighter down your nose.
Finishing Step 2: Blend this line by patting it. If this line becomes thicker with blending, it’ll make your nose look thicker.
Finishing Step 3: Blush! Blush yo’self from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbone just above the contour. I used Maybelline’s Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink. I love it! It has this crazy weird consistency. You can use a brush or your fingers since, technically, I think it’s a cream.
Finishing Step 4: Luminize! I used Laura Mercier’s Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Platinum. Benefit’s Watts Up is also awesome! I put this right above my cheekbone.
Finally. We are finished.
Here’s a before and after. It’s different, but not different enough to make it worth it, for me. Bomb ass cheekbones are not worth and three year long makeup routine. Or are they? You tell me! What are your thoughts on the whole Highlighting and Contouring craze? Let me know on the WYV Facebook page or in the comments below!
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